Tories on women

Michael Fallon — cough, sorry, his ‘friends’ — have been spinning for all their lives are worth after he was named as the minister who called a young female journalist a very rude word (to her face):

“He referred to them in the wrong way, which went down badly and he apologised for that, but he did not use the word “slut”. He does not go round calling women sluts”

Michael Fallon Michael Fallon’s friends claim that he actually called her a “slattern” … so that’s all okay. This theme has now been picked up by Number 10:

“Does the PM think the use of the word ‘slut’ is appropriate in any sense? No.”

“[There is a] debate about versions of exactly what was said”

One problem: it means the same thing as ‘slut’:

By the end of the 15th century the sense “a woman given to immoral or improper conduct” had come into use, and it is the only meaning in use today. Interestingly, the same second meaning, a promiscuous woman, developed for the term slattern.

Are Number 10 suggesting that it would be in any way better for a middle aged Tory MP to have called a young woman a ‘slattern’ to her face?

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